Expedition Denali will be the first team of African American climbers to ever attempt to summit the tallest peak in America. Does this matter?
CONFESSION: when my friend James Edward Mills first wrote about “The Adventure Gap” between whites and African Americans a few months ago, I cringed a bit. A first glance, the article seemed to point out an utterly self-imposed obstacle. No one was barring American blacks from American National Parks, as far as I knew. If people aren’t participating in outdoor adventure, it’s because they choose not to participate. Just like overweight white guys like me who don’t get out like we used to. The mountains are there. It’s our own damn choice to climb them or not.
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